For some of these union members they are no different than the individuals that were seen in France and Greece, angry that their standard of living that was highly abstracted from their economic productivity is being compromised by the harsh realities of the present circumstances.
It just might be that the wages that were artificially "hot" are now coming closer to "room temperature".
No amount of redirection to the compensation amount of the corporate executives and the enlistment of the Obama Administration to place a check on these executives are going to change the facts at hand - the corporations with the largest unionized work forces were the ones that were most uncompetitive in the American market place. Their relatively high costs of production was a drag upon their ability to compete in the market place.
As the next round of strategies that are put in place to bring manufacturing back to the United States I question if the unions will agree that employment and productivity in the regions where they dominate is more important than the protection of their wages that are beyond what their productivity can justify.
MSNBC - Wage Inequality Tears At Unity Of UAW
For decades, the UAW tugged wages upward. In 1960, a UAW member made 16 percent more than the average American manufacturing worker. By 2006, the figure was 74 percent. Today, new hires in the UAW make about 20 percent less than the average.
"It's difficult to look across the line at someone getting paid more for doing the same job you're doing," said Steve Barnas, the plant's union bargaining chairman.